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SHORTLISTED 2020 WALTER SCOTT PRIZE, 2020 DALKEY LITERARY AWARDSFINALIST 2019 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEARWINNER: NOVEL OF THE YEAR, An Irish Post Book AwardsShadowplay by New York Times best-selling author, Joseph O'Connor, is set during the golden age of West End theater in a London shaken by the crimes of Jack the Ripper. Henry Irving is Victorian London's most celebrated actor and theater impresario. He has introduced groundbreaking ideas to the theater, bringing to the stage performances that are spectacular, shocking, and always entertaining. When Irving decides to open his own London theater with the goal of making it the greatest playhouse on earth, he hires a young Dublin clerk harboring literary ambitions by the name of Bram Stoker to manage it. As Irving's theater grows in reputation and financial solvency, he lures to his company of mummers the century's most beloved actress, the dazzlingly talented leading lady Ellen Terry, who nightly casts a spell not only on her audiences but also on Stoker and Irving both. Bram Stoker's extraordinary experiences at the Lyceum Theatre, his early morning walks on the streets of a London terrorized by a serial killer, his long, tempestuous relationship with Irving, and the closeness he finds with Ellen Terry, inspire him to write DRACULA , the most iconic and best-selling supernatural tale ever published.A magnificent portrait both of lamp-lit London and of lives and loves enacted on the stage, Shadowplay's rich prose, incomparable storytelling, and vivid characters will linger in readers' hearts and minds for many years."Funny, smart, tender, wise." - Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin "A marvelous novel . . . Magnificent." - Suzie Feay, Financial Times
Publisher: New York, NY : Europa Editions, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781609455934
Branch Call Number: O'CONNOR
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Shadow play


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Jan 23, 2021

A lovingly intimate portrayal of the English theatre and two of its stars of the Victorian era. I saw "The Mysteries" by the National theatre's Cottesloe Company at the Lyceum Theatre where much of the novel is set, in the mid 1980s, which added a glow to my enjoyment of this finely written novel.

Oct 26, 2020

O'Connor returns to the theatre after his previous novel,"Ghost Light", but this time to London during the late Victorian and Edwardian era. The novel imagines the creative context for Bram Stoker's "Dracula". A wonderful book about the theatre and very well written.


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